Our first group of Chapters, excerpt from the first Annual Report

La version française suit.



  • President: Mr. J. Murray Davis, Calgary, Alberta
  • Secretary: Mr. J. L. Hunt, Calgary, Alberta


  • President: Mr. Joseph Hodos, Ancaster, Ontario
  • Secretary: Mrs. Joseph Hodos,  Ancaster, Ontario


  • President: Mr. William Jarvis, Strathroy, Ontario
  • Secretary: Mrs. Don Vosbourg, Alvinston, Ontario
  • Lambton County Representative: Mrs. Merrill E. Brown,  Camlachie, Ontario


  • President: Mrs. Elsie Furman, Montréal, Québec
  • Secretary: Miss. J. Stark, Montréal, Québec


  • President: Mrs. S. A. Heward, Toronto, Ontario
  • Secretary: Mr. W. A. Houghting, Queensway PO, Ontario


  • President: Mr. Ernest Swan, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Secretary: Mrs. R. Banford, Vancouver, British Columbia


  • President: Mr. K. C. Hortop, Windsor, Ontario
  • Secretary: Mrs. W. F. Thomson, Windsor, Ontario


Nos premières sections locales (extrait du premier rapport annuel)


  • Président : M. J. Murray Davis, Calgary, Alberta
  • Secrétaire : M. J. L. Hunt, Calgary, Alberta


  • Président : M. Joseph Hodos, Ancaster, Ontario
  • Secrétaire : Mme Joseph Hodos,  Ancaster, Ontario


  • Président : M. William Jarvis, Strathroy, Ontario
  • Secrétaire : Mme Don Vosbourg, Alvinston, Ontario
  • Représentante du comté de Lambton : Mme Merrill E. Brown, Camlachie, Ontario


  • Présidente : Mme Elsie Furman, Montréal, Québec
  • Secrétaire : Mlle J. Stark, Montréal, Québec


  • Présidente : Mme S. A. Heward, Toronto, Ontario
  • Secrétaire : M. W. A. Houghting, Queensway PO, Ontario


  • Président : M. Ernest Swan, Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique
  • Secrétaire : Mme R. Banford, Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique


  • Président : M. K. C. Hortop, Windsor, Ontario
  • Secrétaire : Mme W. F. Thomson, Windsor, Ontario

Fifteen Years of Volunteering: Profile on George Brinton

George in the officeGeorge Brinton is one dedicated, self-less individual. He has been volunteering with Muscular Dystrophy Canada for over 15 years in our Vancouver office. Over those 15 years, George has certainly seen a lot of changes and growth within the organization, but his reason for volunteering remains the same – help in anyway he can to help find a cure for muscular dystrophy.

“Just because you have a disability, doesn’t mean you can’t contribute to society. If everybody did a little bit to help, it would make a big difference.”

Back in the late 1990s, George decided to be more involved in the organization as he himself has FSH Muscular Dystrophy. George helps out around the Vancouver office with preparing materials for events and  stuffing envelopes among other things. At conferences and regional Walk for Muscular Dystrophy events he helps with registration, provides inspiration… you can always spot George with his Canadian flag flowing behind him off his wheelchair.

Alyssa Goad who works in our Vancouver office says, “George volunteers in our office twice a week, every week!  We honestly could not do it without George’s help, he does all our mailings, data base clean up and brightens up our office with his smile.  Volunteers are integral to all organizations big or small, we can not thank volunteers enough for everything they do!”

Jubilee medal

Last year something very special happened. George was recognized for his many years of volunteer service for Muscular Dystrophy Canada by being awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Receiving his medal amongst the Fire Fighters and Muscular Dystrophy Canada staff has been his favourite moment during his 15 years with us.

In addition to his great work with Muscular Dystrophy Canada, George also lends his time to the Salvation Army during the holiday season so that he can help even more people. When asked what he would tell others who are thinking of volunteering George responded,

“Do it and you will enjoy it. The best thing that could ever happen to me is to volunteer.”

Thank you George, and to all our wonderful volunteers who have given so much of their time over the years!

National Volunteer Week 2013: Thank you Volunteers!

I volunteer!There are an unlimited number of ways to support Muscular Dystrophy Canada as a volunteer.  Office volunteers, event volunteers, chapter members, Board of Directors members, and fundraising volunteers are all in high demand.  Muscular Dystrophy Canada is a volunteer-driven organization and relies on dedicated, enthusiastic, diverse and dynamic people to help us meet our mission. Volunteers are respected members of Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s team and play a vital role in the delivery of our fundraising campaigns, programs and services.  Here are just a few stories of Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s wonderful volunteers!  Learn how to get involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

Jessica Dell'Unto

Jessica Dell’Unto

Jessica Dell’Unto:

I started with Muscular Dystrophy Canada as a client in 2011 when I was diagnosed with Limb Girdle but I have recently become involved as a volunteer. I am a peer mentor at the Toronto Chapter meeting and am planning to get involved with as many Walk for Muscular Dystrophy events this summer as possible. Volunteering has given me so many opportunities to network, learn about the resources available through MDC, and above all else, give back to an organization that has supported me in so many ways.


Helen Cornett:

Helen Cornett with her Diamond Jubilee Medal

Helen Cornett with her Diamond Jubilee Medal

Helen Cornett has been an active volunteer with Muscular Dystrophy Canada for nearly 35 years. Her commitment and dedication to the organization has been truly astounding.  Helen has been an active executive member of the Windsor Chapter since its inception.

Through the Windsor Chapter, Helen also administers the annual Buck for Luck campaign where she diligently delivers kits throughout the Windsor and Essex region. She works hard year after year to recruit new establishments and ensure Muscular Dystrophy Canada is visible throughout the community.

Over the years, Helen has volunteered with the Windsor Chapter and Muscular Dystrophy Canada in as many roles as possible. She was a previous board member for the organization and has taken on nearly every Chapter Executive role. She is a very dedicated and committed volunteer who takes pride in her commitment to enhance the lives of those affected by neuromuscular disorders.

Françoise Béland (centre in white)

Françoise Béland (centre in white)

Françoise Béland:

Françoise Béland is an extremely active and dedicated volunteer for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. The time and commitment that she puts forth towards her activities with the organization is truly remarkable.

Françoise helped to create the Ottawa Chapter group with her husband in 1997 and has been a devoted and enthusiastic volunteer ever since. Françoise has been an active Chapter executive member for the past 15 years, taking on various roles including her current role as treasurer. She arranges Chapter meetings and the Ottawa Chapter support group and ensures all members are included. Françoise also prepares the meals for special meetings so that members have the opportunity to get together over a great meal.

Françoise and her family

Françoise and her family

Françoise is also the driving force behind all of the Ottawa Chapter fundraising activities, along with her husband J.P. and son Luc. Françoise recruits and organizes over 40 volunteers at the annual Ottawa Walk for Muscular Dystrophy, and coordinates to ensure the largest and highest fundraising annual Walk event in Ontario is a success year after year. Françoise also dedicates countless hours to the annual Buck for Luck and Christmas ornaments campaign. Because of her efforts, the Ottawa Chapter is consistently the highest fundraising Chapter across the country for both of these campaigns.

Thank you Jessica, Helen and Françoise, and all volunteers, for your commitment to Muscular Dystrophy Canada!

Volunteers win New Brunswick Provincial Disability Awareness Award

The Disability Awareness Week Executive Committee recently announced the winners of the Disability Awareness Week Provincial Awards at various events held during the Week. These awards honour those who have made significant efforts to improve opportunities for persons with disabilities to fully participate in their communities and lead more independent lives.

The Awards were first established in 1988 and have been considered very prestigious by the disability community.

This year, four winners were selected: Dean & Vicki Mullin of Saint John, Nicole Ward of Moncton, Robert Melanson of Dieppe, Student Council of Mathieu-Martin High School.

“The Committee was very pleased with the quality and quantity of nominations received this year for consideration,” said Christyne Allain, Co-chair of the Disability Awareness Week Executive Committee. “Selecting winners for the Provincial Awards is always challenging as several other nominees were also deserving of recognition.”

Disability Awareness Week was held from May 27th – June 2nd with the theme “Ready and Able to Work!”  Learn more about Disability Awareness Week.

Dean and Vicki Mullin are true leaders who work tirelessly to help people with disabilities in the Greater Saint John region.

After meeting in 2004, Dean became involved with the Fundy Muscular Dystrophy Chapter in Saint John. As a person living with Muscular Dystrophy, Vicki was already an active volunteer with the group. She opened Dean’s eyes to the many challenges and frustrations that people with disabilities have to go through each and every day. They continue to be involved in many fundraising events, and group activities to raise much needed funds and awareness for the group.

In 2008, they joined the KV Committee for Disabled Persons. In 2009, Dean became Chair of the committee, and was involved with fundraising initiatives and public awareness for the committee. Vicki took on the role of Secretary and was responsible for all communication for the committee, along with coordinating the scholarship program, fundraising events, and the school outreach program. Their dedication and commitment to this committee has lead to many successful outcomes, including: enhanced services and programs, a more accessible community, and a greater sense of inclusion for everyone.

Congratulations to Dean and Vicki, and their fellow winners, on this great honour!